Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.

December 22, 2015 – How does the economy impact the culture of life?

Our Guest on the “Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is John Horvat II, a Catholic economist, scholar, international speaker, and author of the book, Return to Order. His writings have appeared worldwide including in The Wall Street JournalThe Christian PostAmerican Thinker,TheBlazeCrisisFOX News, and The Washington Times, as well as other publications and websites. He gives more than 150 radio and TV interviews annually. 
For almost three decades he has been researching and writing about what’s gone wrong with America’s culture and economy, an effort that culminated in the ground-breaking release of his award-winning book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society–Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go.

Mr. Horvat is vice president and a member of the board of directors for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and a member of the Association of Christian Economists.

John claims that our economy is in crisis  and  desperately needs to be refocused on Christian moral values.  The “economy” is a part of our culture that we all deal with many times a day, so how we treat those exchanges is very important. Return to Order explains how and why in great detail.  John’s 50 minutes with us will be a great introduction to this fascinating subject.  
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December 15, 2015 – As California goes, so goes the country

Have you too heard it said that California leads the country (and the world, especially in entertainment)?  This saying is often used in reference to some not so great ideas.  But it is also true that many really good ideas are hatched in California–like high tech information technology from Silicon Valley, for example.
Catholic Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law California’s first Physician Assisted Suicide law following its northern neighbor states of Oregon and Washington.  Another recently passed law requires pregnancy support centers to have a prominently displayed sign with directions for getting a free abortion.  That is like requiring all Honda dealers to post directions to the nearest Toyota dealer.  One can conclude that the California state legislature has a hyperactive gland somewhere.  Why is that?
Our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” today is Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation in Napa CA. The mission of Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) is “to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly children in the womb, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation’s courtrooms. Life Legal will accomplish its mission through the law and education.”  LLDF’s free legal services are provided in California AND many other states.  They are great!  Alexandra will be updating us on LLDF’s involvement with David Daleiden and his video exposure of PP selling aborted baby organs case and a Pro-Life Mississippi effort to close the only abortion mill in Mississippi.  Great stuff!! 
Alexandra has a background in public policy, having served as Legislative Counsel to a California Member of Congress in both Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA. In that capacity, she handled a wide array of legislative and policy matters, including pro-life issues, bioethics, and the protection of human rights.  She has extensive pro-life experience working with women in pregnancy support centers.
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December 08, 2015 – Is Mary the most powerful woman in the world? On the Solemnity of her Immaculate Conception

Today we celebrate Mary the Mother of God by what may be her second most common title–The Immaculate Conception!
 
Our Guest on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” will be Michael O’Neill, the “Miracle Hunter”
[http://miraclehunter.com/]  .  He has cataloged over 2000 claimed Marian apparitions going back to her physical appearance to St James in AD 40.  Michael’s research and Mariology expertise is an important part of the December 2015 National Geographic cover article, “The Virgin Mary: The World’s Most Powerful Woman”, available at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/12/virgin-mary-text  .
 
Michael’s interest in Mary, especially as Our Lady of Guadalupe, began with his mother and was reignited by a term paper requirement at Stanford where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Some questions for Michael:
 
  • Why, how did you undertake this enormous task of identifying and qualifying all Marian apparitions?
  • How did you get involved with National Geographic and the author Maureen Orth?
  • What is the approval level for Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin, to Sister Mary Mildred Ephrem in Indiana and Ohio?
  • Will the Vatican soon approve of the Medjugore apparitions?
  • At times, Mary has voiced her frustration with the poor/slow response to her messages and warnings.  I think she is frustrated.  How common is this warning of impending disaster?  And, can you give examples of God’s wrath that appear to be a consequence of our failure to respond to Mary’s warnings?
Mary wants us to be pure and holy which are virtues necessary to a Culture of Life.  She is very powerful, but cannot control God if we don’t heed her messages calling for reparation and the practice of the virtues of purity, chastity, and obedience to God’s law.
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December 01, 2015 – Making Life w/o Making Love: Why Not

Our topic today on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is the flip side of Contraception—> Making Love w/o Making Life.  Since God intended Love & Life to be together, separation in either direction must be wrong.  But isn’t new life always a good?  And shouldn’t couples who struggle with infertility be given every opportunity to have a family? Is the Catholic Church just being mean or UN-pastoral by condemning Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART)??
Christopher White is the Director of research and Education at the Center for Bioethics and Culture and Director of its Paul Ramsey Institute. He is a Catholic ethicist, philosopher and writer.  He will be our Guest today and tackle the above questions and many more–like:
  • Egg Donation: Why Not?   Who are the victims?
  • Sperm Donation: Why Not?  ”     ”   ”       “
  • Uterus Donation: Why Not?    ”      ”        “
  • You are widely published.  What do you write about? Where available?
  • How would you council a pastor or family member in seeking to discourage a couple from using ARTs?
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November 17, 2015 – Is Autism caused by fetal cell line derived vaccines?

Dr Theresa Deishler, PhD, has focused on discovering and developing new therapies for grievous  human illness. Following her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology from Stanford University, she spent over 20 years in commercial technology, prior to founding AVM Biotechnology and Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI).

AVM Biotechnology is the marquee  prolife biotech company worldwide, certifying that it does not use morally illicit material in any process.  SCPI’s mission is to end human trafficking in biomedical research.
 
Dr.  Deisher  is  an inventor  on 23  issued US  patents,  and her discoveries  have led to clinical  trials  of FGF18  for osteoarthritis   and cartilage  repair,  and for Factor XIII for surgical  bleeding.  She was  the  first  person to discover adult cardiac derived stem cells, and has been a champion of adult stem cell research, both professionally and privately,  for two decades.   

She is a breath of fresh air with a common sense approach which allows lay audiences to readily grasp the issues.  
Theresa has done research on the harmful effects of fetal cell derived vaccines, including Autism, Cancer and other diseases. Her research is often a challenge to the pharmaceutical and medical community.
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November 10, 2015 – Fr Edward Looney’s visit to Saint Maria Goretti

Fr Edward Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, this past June. A life-long love for his Heavenly Mother and his study and writing skills had already identified him as a Marian scholar, particularly for his writings about the apparitions of Mary to Adele Brise near Green Bay in 1859. He also loves “devotional Catholicism”–visiting shines and tombs of saints.
 
Still he was somewhat hesitant about traveling to venerate Saint Maria Goretti’s relics in Madison on October 16th.  But he did and came away from that experience with a deep love for–and devotion to–Saint Maria, the Patroness of Purity. He was not alone.  This “tour” of her relics encased in a human looking sarcophagus within a glass coffin has drawn huge crowds throughout the Midwest and South.  Why this interest in the Church’s youngest canonized saint?  Is it because the sexualized American Culture of Death is so adverse to purity that a purity-hungry counter Culture of Life is developing?  There does seem to be a trend toward more modest clothing on female performers, and teen pregnancy rates have dropped significantly in recent years.
 
Fr Looney will be telling us about Our Lady of Good Help and her appearances to Adele encouraging her to teach children about the Catholic Faith.  He’ll also tell us about Saint Maria and her defense of her purity that so enraged her attacker Alessandro that he stabbed her 14 times, causing her death the following day. 
 
Saint Maria is also special for the soon-to-begin Year of Mercy because on her death-bed she forgave Alessandro and expressed the desire that he someday be in Heaven.
 
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November 03, 2015 – China relaxes one-child policy–what impact?

Reggie Littlejohn had a law degree from Yale and was excitedly climbing the corporate law ladder when God disabled her for 5 years.  Then in 2010 He sent her in a new direction–challenging the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) one-child policy, enforced by coercion, forced abortion and sterilization.
Reggie formed a non-profit corporation, “Women’s Rights Without Frontiers” to publicize the Chinese version of a world-wide “War on Women”.  In 5 years she has spoken hundreds of times at the UN, the US Congress, the Vatican, and in dozens of countries.  Getting the truth onto the world stage is embarrassing to the CCP, and thus puts pressure on the government to abandon this policy which causes great upheaval in families and communities in ways you would not imagine.
Questions for Reggie:

  • Why has the CCP recently changed the one-child policy to a two-child policy?
  • Why are you not happy about this change?
  • The preference for male children to support the aging parents puts pre-born girls at high risk for abortion. What are the effects on the culture of a shortage of females?
  • Tell us about your program for saving girl babies from abortion!
  • How does the forced abortion and sterilization program create a big financial benefit for the “womb-police”–the enforcers of the one (or two) child policy?
  • What can we do?
  • and many more
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October 20, 2015 – Want to renew your Parish–start with the Liturgy

Joe Pronechen’s two articles on the Liturgy (National Catholic Register) as the starting point for parish renewal intrigued me.  We share the conviction that the better we the Body of Christ worship our God the more Life we will have.  Joe’s articles reinforce that idea by the stunning examples of parish renewals that began with changes to the Liturgy.  These changes were in architecture, art, and in the Liturgy itself, both in variety and presentation.

If Liturgy can “renew” parishes (ie, make them more full of life) then it follows that Liturgy can renew (or resuscitate) the culture. Joe’s own parish is experiencing a “renewal” that includes the Latin High Mass for special occasions.

Joe’s articles also piqued my interest in the more general topic of “Catholic Media” and the impact that Catholic Media makes  on a Culture of Life. It seems to me that the Catholic media—radio, TV, print and various internet options—has grown  significantly in the last few decades and may be encouraging a Culture of Life. The secular media is often sympathetic to the  Culture of Death and typically misses reporting on events that demonstrate an affirmation of life—like The Annual March for Life and “40 Days for Life” Campaigns. The Catholic media thus has an opportunity to fill that vacuum.

Joseph Pronechen has been a staff writer with the National Catholic Register since 2005 and for 10 years before that he was a regular correspondent for NCR. His articles have regularly appeared in many Catholic publications.  It is natural that reporters develop deep interests in a variety of subjects.  He’ll talk about some of his:  traditional devotions like novenas and the Rosary (October is the month of the Holy Rosary), Fatima, Maria Goretti and Divine Mercy.

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